Bristol II: GM Racing preview

IMPALA SS ON THE TRACK: BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Chevrolet has won 41 of the 97 previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS), more than any other manufacturer TEAM CHEVY AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY - FROM...

Chevrolet has won 41 of the 97 previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS), more than any other manufacturer


TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE IMPALA SS: NOTE -- Heading to Bristol, Stewart, a two-time NSCS champion is the only driver who has clinched a spot in the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Stewart sits atop the point standings order with three wins, 13 top-five and 18 top-finishes: ON WHAT HAS BEEN MOST SATISFYING FOR HIM THUS FAR THIS SEASON: "Leading the points. It's hard to go any further than that. To come out with a team that's new and be leading the points (over) halfway through the year is a huge accomplishment right now for us."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT IMPALA SS: "I think we have made some real progress the last three times we've raced here at Bristol. It seemed like we went through a number of changes here in only a few years. We had to adjust to the 'new' car here and we had to adjust to the changes in the track. But we've made progress, and I hope we have made even more progress so that we're a threat to win the race. I love this track, and I love the changes they made to it a few years back. But it's still a tough short track where you are constantly battling for position or battling traffic -- and you can easily get swept up in somebody else's accident. Hopefully, we're not one of the teams visiting the website after the race searching for a trusted body shop."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS: We had a great run at Bristol in the spring and finished third (3rd). We were very competitive all day long. I wish that we could have lined up and raced another 500 laps after the race was over because I really understood the track and understood our set up. We were kind of scared to make any adjustments during the race because it was going so well. But looking back on it, we were very competitive. Coming back for the fall race, I think we're as close as we're ever going to be to win a race there. I'm excited for the future at Bristol.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET IMPALA SS: "The first time I went there (Bristol Motor Speedway) was before they redid the track. It was a handful. It was really, really hard because you really had to be on the bottom. I think experience on the track paid a big thing. If you missed the bottom or they moved you up you would lose a lot of ground. Now I think it's nicer. I think you see a lot more racing. You see a lot more side-by-side racing and there's a lot of different race lines. The racing is better. We normally run well there so I'm pretty excited and looking forward to it."

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 US ARMY IMPALA SS: "I think Bristol in general is more conducive to two-wide racing than it ever has been so I think those double-file restarts will be more exciting for the fans. We saw when the race track was redone that the fans were mostly disappointed because they didn't see the bumper-to-bumper beating and banging and the crashes. I think the double-file restarts will add some excitement back to that. Not because of the crashes but just more excitement and we've seen that I think in my opinion at every race. Pocono was probably the worst I've seen as far as aggressiveness on restart and I think guys are starting to realize it's a great opportunity to make some spots and feeling a little bit more aggressive. That will mix up that 500-mile question a little bit more depending on the restarts that we have but for a long time there at Pocono we didn't have much for restarts in the middle of the race."

MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 POP TARTS/CARQUEST IMPALA SS: "It's (night racing at Bristol) mostly beneficial for the fans. It's always been one of the coolest races that we do on the circuit. A lot of it has to do with the night atmosphere and the way the cars look lit up. It's like you're at a high school football game. It's just all that. The racing itself is not that much different, I don't think, for the competitors. But it's really a cool thing for the fans and all."

-credit: gm racing

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